Applying for a shotfirer licence
You must have a security clearance if you are applying for a licence or permit for a security-sensitive explosive.
A shotfirer licence allows you to use, possess, purchase, store and transport limited quantities of blasting explosives.
This includes transporting up to 250kg of blasting explosives (net explosives quantity) without a separate licence to transport explosives in a suitable vehicle.
Shotfirers at mine sites
You don't need a shotfirer licence to work at a mine site if you meet the requirements listed in section 37(1) of the Explosives Regulation 2017 and are appointed by the site senior executive or underground mine manager.
The competency requirements are listed in competency requirements for Queensland shotfirer licences (PDF, 268KB).
In Queensland, the following registered training organisations provide this training:
- Blast Management International Pty Ltd
- DTE Training & Safety Skills
- Highland Training Services Pty Ltd
- Orica Australia Pty Ltd
- TAFE Queensland
- Tectra Australia Pty Ltd.
How to apply
Your application should include:
- Form E100 – Application for an occupational authority* (shotfirer licence) (PDF, 699KB).
- Application fee (see below).
- Supporting documents (according to the form's checklist).
*Note: If you apply for an occupational authority, your biometric data (digital photo and signature) will be retained while your licence remains current. It will destroyed if your application is withdrawn or refused, or your licence expires.
Fees and payment options
Fees for shotfirer licences
|Licence class||Licence fee and period|
$65.05 (excl. GST)|
5 years $325.25 (excl. GST)
Obligations of licence holders
Use of explosives
As a licensed shotfirer, you must use explosives as required by the Australian Standard AS2187 Part 2 or an alternative safety measure for the standard.
You must take reasonable precautions to:
- prevent misfires
- minimise the risk of material being projected beyond the exclusion zone (flyrock)
- minimise excessive noise
- minimise the adverse effects of ground vibration and shock waves
- ensure the security of an explosive used in blasting activities.
You must not use an explosive after either the manufacturer's recommended shelf life or the approved, extended shelf life.
You should keep a record of:
- the amount and type of explosives you buy and use
- each blast conducted.
Shotfirers must notify us of any blasting activity (other than at a mine site, a quarry, down-hole wells for oil and gas, or an explosives factory) at least 7 days before the intended blasting activity.